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Still from Portrait of a Young Man, via Light Cone.

Date produced: 1932

Filmmaker(s):

Henwar Rodakiewicz

Languages:

English

Length:

3 reels (1296 ft, 52 min)

Format:

16mm

Colour:

B&W

Sound Notes:

Silent

Awards/Recognition:

ACL Ten Best 1932
American Cinematographer Amateur Movie Makers Contest, 1932 - Certificate Award, Photography
American Cinematographer Amateur Movie Makers Contest, 1932 - Equipment Prize, Victor Animatograph Company, Best picture from each state - Massachusetts

Description:

"Portrait of a Young Man, by Henwar Rodakiewicz, ACL, is a triumph of fine photography and sensitive imagination. Abstract in treatment, and speaking through delicately rhythmed scenes of smoke, leaves, grasses, the sea, machinery and the heavens, this film is an attempt to portray in graphic terms a young man's reactions to the beauty, force and mystery of the natural world. In producing the final three reel version, Mr. Rodakiewicz has filmed deliberately toward the one end for more than three years and in many different locales. Although using largely material to be found in nature, he has so transmuted it, by the creative artistry of his selection and control, as to get from each selected scene, not a mere reproduced likeness, but a trenchant and symbolic image. Portrait of a Young Man is beautiful, exciting, workmanlike and distinguished." Movie Makers, Dec. 1932, 538.

Resources:

Included in the Unseen Cinema project, DVD disc 1 "The Mechanized Eye". Collected by Light Cone.

Movie Makers (July 1933, 303) details the high praise the film received after a screening in Leipzig, Germany.

Discussed under "The Document Transfigured: H2O (Ralph Steiner) and Portrait of a Young Man (Henwar Rodakiewicz)" in Charles Tepperman's Amateur Cinema: The Rise of North American Amateur Moviemaking, 1923-1960, University of California Press, 2014.

Locations:

  • Bermuda (Filming)
  • New Mexico (Filming)
  • Arizona (Filming)
  • Colorado (Filming)
  • British Columbia (Filming)

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Unseen Cinema

Screenings:

  • Premiered at the Julien Levy Gallery in 1932, New York, New York
  • Screened at the Grassi Museum of Leipzig in 1932, Leipzig, Germany

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